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2 bikers, a 60,000km ride and a message of peace; How Punekars will fund the cross-country ‘Vasudhaiva Ride’

Two daredevils on bikes are travelling more than 60,000km from India to Scotland to promote peace and sustainable living

pune Updated: Nov 02, 2017 14:53 IST
Anjali Shetty
Bikers Prashant Kumar of India and Canadian citizen Ben Reid-Howells are are travelling more than 60,000km from India to Scotland to promote peace and sustainable living
Bikers Prashant Kumar of India and Canadian citizen Ben Reid-Howells are are travelling more than 60,000km from India to Scotland to promote peace and sustainable living(HT PHOTO)

Bikers Prashant Kumar of India and Canadian citizen Ben Reid-Howells are on a quest. The two have embarked on a more than 60,000 km journey from India to Scotland with an aim to spread their vision of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” — the whole world is one family — via a two-year series of projects called the Vasudhaiva Ride. The projects aim to achieve peace, sustainable living and well-being for the entire community.

Helping them raise funds for this initiative is Govind Thakkar, Minoti Makim,and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kharadi Pune, who have come together to present a public car and bike show with vintage and supercars and bikes on display, followed by a private dinner at the Radisson Blu Kharadi Hotel.

Thakkar says, “The time has come for communities to come together. I’ve been training Ben and Prashant for this journey since I met them a year ago. The Vasudhaiva Ride is more than a motorcycle journey: it’s carrying a message of collective energy across the world, calling people to unite. This event will be one way to support this work, and a seed to carry into our daily lives.”

The event will showcase more than 40 vintage cars and superbikes followed by a buffet dinner. Attendees will also get to hear stories from the projects and the Vasudhaiva Ride’s journey so far. The event aims to raise funds for these projects and to raise awareness about this transnational ride.

All funds raised at this event will go towards this series of projects, including a project in Bihar — a long-term initiative to create a prototype for self-reliant housing and a skill-training centre for in Arrah, Bihar.

Makim says, “The Vasudhaiva Ride, the idea of one world, one family; of uniting people, creating communities and enriching lives with a journey through so many places is something I believe in and support fully. I met Ben and Prashant accidentally, and have become a part of this wonderful initiative that is touching and transforming lives every day.”

Where: Radisson Blu Kharadi Pune

When: November 5, Sunday

Time: 11am – 6pm